Thinking of getting iPad in addition to my PC Wndows Tablet that runs SSDR Windows V2 with SmartLink
Pro and Con ?
VPN or No VPN
On slow BW systems ?
I don't know what is the best. I guess there are a lot of variables here. I love my iPad mini. I bought it without Verizon service. However my iPhone has that service and I just make my iPhone a hot spot and have very good service using my iPad mini, Of course the iPad mini shines in a WiFi environment. I find Smartlink to be every bit as good as VPN and only use it on rare occasions. To answer your question, I find little difference between using Smartlink or VPN using either Windows PC or iOS. Both work very very well.
If you have the iPad already, the app is much cheaper than a suitable windows tablet/laptop.
For starters, the iPad app is $50, windows client is free.
Suitable windows tablets are less expensive than comparable iPads.
And in the future, as I understand it, Flex intends to support remote DAX over SmartLink in some manner, so a Windows -based option might be best.
The low-bandwidth mode/option in SmartSDR does a good job of reducing bandwidth, by limiting panadapter updates and limiting you to one panadapter, I do not know how the iOS app supports limited bandwidth operation - I suppose both allow you to reduce panadapter settings manually to reduce bandwidth.
Hope this helps,
Currently it's far superior to the windows app for me because it has Alternative Colors that I can actually see and Spots on the display that I use all the time to chase DX.
While I have a Windows laptop, there's no question that for personal use and I prefer the iPad app
Anyway FWIW I use both, SSDR inside a windows 10 VM on my MacPro, and iOS on a iPad pro. Both work great and I like the was of an iPad for remote. less to pack around.
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